Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan

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Originally Posted: 9 April 2009

Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan

From Care2.com

Instead of putting several animals in a gas chamber to euthanize them, Michigan House Bill 4263, the Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Act, would ensure that when the state's unwanted, sick or unadoptable shelter animals have to be euthanized, the procedure will only be done by injection of sodium pentobarbital. This method is called euthanasia by injection.

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And/or better yet, thank Rep. Rick Jones who sponsored the bill:

Representative Rick Jones
N-1090 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
phone (517) 373-0853
phone (888) RICK-071
email

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Even though a majority of the shelters in the state use euthanasia by injection, 12 still use outdated, inhumane gas chambers. Shelter workers overwhelmingly wish to hold and comfort a frightened animal in its final moments of life. That act may be the only kindness the animal has ever known.

In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing any animal by means of a carbon monoxide or dioxide gas chamber is both severely inhumane to medium and large animals, and demoralizing to the workers who have to euthanize. Such outdated practices also create public outcry and demean the purpose of an animal shelter.

HB 4263 is sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones and was drafted by American Humane and the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section.


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